Jonathan Radford

Award: Fleming Award

Year: 2017

Genre: Classical

Instrument/voice type: Saxophone

Location: Royal College of Music


Initially studying at Chetham’s School of Music, Jonathan continued his musical education in France at the Conservatoire National Superior de Musique de Paris (CNSM) becoming the first British saxophonist to enter Claude Delangle’s world-famous saxophone class where he is currently completing Masters degrees in saxophone and chamber music.  In 
September he will continue his studies in London at the Royal College of Music having been selected as the Mills Williams Junior Fellow 2017/18. 

He has performed throughout Europe in many prestigious venues such as the Wigmore Hall, Bridgewater Hall, Grieg Hall and Philharmonie de Paris and has performed numerous concertos with orchestras including the Slovenian Chamber Orchestra and Liverpool Mozart Orchestra. A keen promoter of contemporary music, Jonathan has collaborated with the Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/ Music (IRCAM) and has premiered works by Betsy Jolas and Luis Naón.
Passionate about chamber music, Jonathan co-founded the Yendo Quartet. The saxophone group were recently broadcast by Radio France on the programmes Generation Young Talent and Alla Breve.

Jonathan has received awards from the BBC Performing Arts Fund, the Laubach Masterclass, and most recently was awarded a Maisie Lewis Award by The Musicians’ Company, a star award from the Countess of Munster Musical Trust and a senior soloist award from the Hattori Foundation. Jonathan is a Help Musicians UK Ian Fleming Award holder, having been twice a winner of their Young Talent Awards in 2006 and 2009, and a Making Music Philip and Dorothy Green Young artist.